Monday, June 30, 2014

"High Powered Howard" Wins Jewish Week's Funniest Comedian Contest

(Left to right) Third place winner Saul Daiell, second place winner Miriam Borenstein, Producer Geoff Kole, and first place winner "High Powered Howard" Newman at the Jewish Week Funniest Comedian Finals in New York last night.

The Broadway Comedy Club in Manhattan was the scene last night of a hilarious evening of comedy entertainment that featured nine stand-up comics vying for the coveted title of Funniest Jewish Comedian of 2014.

The contest, sponsored for the 15th year by The Jewish Week, was hosted by David Finkelstein and produced by Geoff Kole, who also provided some comic relief during the show.

Besides the contestants, the audience was treated to comedy performances by established performers Corey Kahaney and Yisroel Campbell, and an opening routine by previous winner Stuart Rapoport.

At the end of the evening, "High Powered Howard" was declared the contest winner. So who is "High Powered Howard?" He's Howard Newman, the stand-up comic and fitness instructor who created Jokesercise, a comedy and exercise routine that combines laughs with bouts of stretching for seniors. 

Newman, who has been a comedian for over 15 years, visits nursing homes, senior centers and assisted living homes all around the five boroughs, encouraging seniors to get active with his unique routine. 


We've got some more video clips of the contest to share with you, so watch this space. We'll  be incorporating them into our Monday "Joke to Start the Week" feature for the next few weeks.

Enjoy!

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